To say that restaurants were caught off guard by the latest shutdown would be an understatement. It was only about two weeks ago when they were given the go-sign to open up. Given the short, 24-hour notice, restaurants scrambled to get everything up and running. Staff were rehired and the kitchens were restocked. So following lockdown 3.0, it’s not surprising to hear that restaurants ended up losing more money to close everything again.
Those from the food industry took to social media to express their disappointment. However, one restaurant went the extra step and invoiced Premier Doug Ford for all the beer that had to be purchased for the reopening. Antler Bar and Kitchen sent the total bill of $431.55 to the Premier’s office for the two kegs worth of beer that couldn’t be sold on the patio.
“You say you care about Toronto’s restaurants. And we know you care about beer. So we’re sending an invoice to you for two kegs worth of beer that will spoil because of this shut down”the letter from Antler stated, as per CTV News.
According to Michael Hunter, the co-owner of Antler Bar and Kitchen, the invoice doesn’t begin to cover the cost of the additional food. The same could be said for all the small businesses that have been further affected by this lockdown.
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